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Happy Halloween, Everyone!

By Wyatt Earp | October 31, 2010

Tonight’s the night I get more exercise than I do at my hockey games. You see, the older the kids get, the more streets they want to visit, and that means hours and hours of Trick or Treating with Dad. Luckily, the missus and I have a system. First, she takes the four kids to a few houses on the block – the people we’re closest to, who want to see what Kevin and Julia are wearing. (As of now, Kevin will be a football player, and Julia will be a Bumblebee.) While they are walking, I am giving out treats at the Earp Ranch – and sneaking a few Kit Kats.

I have been lucky enough to be day work for every Halloween since the kids started going out. This year will be no different. The one difference this year is the costumes. For years, Kyle and Erik wore things that were mostly tame. Star Wars characters, sports themes, and the like. Erik is staying with Star Wars by wearing a Jango Fett costume. Kyle is making a change. This year, he will be a homicidal ice hockey goaltender, complete with bloody hockey mask, “Killers” hockey jersey, and a goalie stick/bloody axe combination. It’s still somewhat kid-oriented, but we were apprehensive in letting him get it. At 9-years old, we let him make the final decision, but it was one of those things that made us say, “Our son is growing up.”

I hoped they would stay young forever.

Kyle, Erik, and their friend Savannah sporting this year's costumes.

Post-Trick or Treating Update: Well, we hit the entire neighborhood with Captain America and his son. We had to stop back home midway to empty the treat buckets. Overall, the kids brought in a good haul. The only downside was that we got trick-or-treaters bused in again. Whole lot of Spanish speakers ’round these parts.

“No habla Ingles? Then no habla Snickers. Hit the road, jefe!”

Topics: The Boys | 16 Comments »

16 Responses to “Happy Halloween, Everyone!”

  1. RT Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I love Kyle’s costume. :) Hope all the kids have a great time.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    RT – It’s supposed to be cold, so we’re putting Kyle and Erik into their Under Armor. Got them to keep them warm for soccer and they work like a dream.

  3. Your Halloween Tricks and Treats « The Daley Gator Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 10:46 am

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  4. Ingineer66 Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Kyle appears to be in full Halloween spirit and my nephew is Jango Fett this year too. Must be a common theme.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Ingineer66 – Star Wars is still big, and Jango is really popular here, too.

  6. ThomasF Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Yeah they grow up so fast, my oldest girl (7), “Dad, I want to be princess Liea…….in the metal bikini……”, the wife is a real laugh riot, trying to collect the insurance money…….

  7. Wyatt Earp Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    ThomasF – Response? No. Frakkin’. WAY!

  8. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Looking forward to the group shots of The Fantastic Four!

  9. John D Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    My kids have both outgrown trick-or-treating. I hate to admit it, but I kind of miss it. I’m kind of hoping my sister-in-law will bring her kids up to our neighborhood to trick-or-treat, that way I can tag along. Hope you all have a great time tonight. Happy Halloween, Wyatt.

  10. dragonlady474 Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    All my kids have grown and moved on. As much as I’m a Halloween fanatic, they kind of take a “whatever” approach to the holiday. Tonight we have 5 graveyard workers besides my husband and me, and we have 280 trick or treat bags ready, since we had around 265 trick or treaters last year. Last night we had 20-30 early revelers and a dog. It’s SO ON. :)

    Happy Halloween!!!

  11. Robert B. Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Wyatt, you are truly blessed by having such handsome lads. Glad to see you having as large a time as they do on Halloween. But sneak a few too many Kit-Kats and you will see by having a large time. (Easier to put on than take off.)

    Happy Halloween, to one and all.

  12. Old NFO Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    um… good luck with the not growing up :-) Cute costumes though! Enjoy the night (candy)…

  13. Wyatt Earp Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Mrs. Crankipants – If the Terrible Two will stand still, that is.

    John D – Yeah, it’s nice to know I’ll be able to do it for ten more years or so.

    DL474 – As usual, you and Mr. Dragon are loaded for bear. A candy-eating bear, that is.

    Robert B. – Yeah, I know. One a day should be alright.

    Old NFO – Hey, I don’t like grown-ups!

  14. GroovyVic Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Cute picture of the kids – there’s your Christmas card.

    And LOVING the picture on the wall….

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    GroovyVic – Thanks! The portrait is called “Deadly Approach in Tombstone.” I got it when I was in Tombstone in 2006.

  16. C/A Says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Papers please…